Philosophy/Environmental Studies and Faculty Senate
UWL invites applications for an Academic Department Associate for Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Faculty Senate beginning as soon as possible. This integrative position is an annual 92% appointment with the exciting opportunity to work across multiple levels in the university providing administrative support to the academic programs of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, as well as providing support and continuity within the Faculty Senate Office. We seek a colleague for this trusted position who will partner with us in advancing our academic programs, provide support to faculty governance, and effectively work with and serve students, faculty, and administrators across the university. Reporting directly to the Chair of the Philosophy Department, Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and Faculty Senate Chair, this position offers an exciting challenge to someone with excellent organizational skills seeking a dynamic and versatile role within the university.
The Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has 4 faculty members and offers majors and minors in Philosophy. The Environmental Studies Program has 5 academic staff members and offers an undergraduate minor in Environmental Studies. The Faculty Senate comprises 24 senators and multiple committees that carry out the university’s important faculty governance mission. We support and value diversity in our faculty, staff, and students and seek a colleague who shares our commitment to diversity and who will support students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.
The Academic Department Associate (ADA) exercises discretion and independent judgment in matters of significance to the operations of the Philosophy Department and Environmental Studies Program and is delegated responsibility for internal and external administrative matters for these two units. Independently and with minimal supervision, the Philosophy/Environmental Studies ADA is responsible for administrative support in the following areas: policies and procedures, budgets and expenses, class scheduling and enrollment, and ongoing day-to-day operations of the department. The ADA is also responsible for the coordination, training and supervision of student employment. Support to all students, faculty, and staff members within the Department is expected.
The Faculty Senate position provides continuity within the office of faculty governance and it requires 1) working cooperatively and independently, 2) proficiency in word processing and data management, and 3) excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. With direction, this position is responsible for the coordination of administrative activities in the Faculty Senate Office, the 24-member Faculty Senate, four Senate Committees, and the Conveners/Chairs of 19 Faculty Committees. This position is also responsible for budget and account management, web page maintenance, and the inventory/purchase of supplies and equipment. Due to annual change in leadership of the Faculty Senate, this position requires comprehensive knowledge of senate operations and university procedures. This position requires working independently on a variety of confidential and sensitive issues that are governed by a complex set of policies.
High school diploma.
Administrative support experience.
Demonstrated experience in the use of software including Microsoft Office Suite, email, and electronic calendars.
Demonstrated bookkeeping experience, especially pertaining to budget, travel, and procurement records.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, respectfully, and effectively in face-to-face, oral, written, and electronic forms.
Excellent organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills with an attention to detail despite frequent interruptions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively, and set priorities to meet the demands of the position.
Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment regarding confidential information.
Ability to adapt to the differing needs of a new supervisor each year, due to the election of a new Faculty Senate Chair on annual basis, and to help your supervisor to understand the timelines, structures, and information flow that are needed for successful management of faculty governance.
Ability to work with or to learn technology tools used for web site maintenance and surveys (such as Qualtrics).
5+ years administrative support experience.
Experience in higher education, particularly in the UW system.
Associate degree or professional certification.
Office management experience.
Proficiency with software and web-based applications, such as Google Docs, Qualtrics, web-site maintenance, and personnel and budgeting software.
Knowledge of budget and appropriation structure, inventory/recordkeeping.
Knowledge of and experience with procedures regarding procedures.
Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others (student supervision).
Willingness to maintain and enhance professional competencies by participating in professional development workshops, seminars, and training sessions, related to current position responsibilities.
Ability to meet and work effectively with people across multiple levels of the organization, including students, faculty and administrators across the university.
As soon as possible.
Application review will begin on June 11, 2018. Priority consideration will be given to applications completed by this date.
How to Apply
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Please contact the Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Dr. Sam Cocks (email@example.com), if you have a special need or accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S.News& World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.
Ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
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About University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.